By Steve Hostetler,
Faithful. Reliable. Opportunity. Giving. Sharing. (F.R.O.G.S.). These are the key characteristics that make Jesse Jones Park Volunteers stand out.
We all have different beliefs, and as many of you know, I believe in God and all He does. I have faith in what God has given us, especially Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center and its staff members. Regardless of your convictions, I hope you share my insurmountable faith in Darlene Conley-Hostetler as the Jones Park director, who has served more than 30 years at Jones Park. And, of course, I have faith in Kim Hammond, who has only been here seven months, but already has made a strong impression. Our mainstays — Matt Abernathy, David Baca, Curtis Brown, John Carey, Brittney Cunningham, Scott Holloway, David Jamar, Brian Jacquette, Mike Mayfield, Jason Naivar, Salomon Ortega, Anni Ranck, Crystin Wilson, and Katrina Yordy — have also earned my faith.
Our board members demonstrate firsthand how a great attitude, patience, and reliability produce great results. Jones Park relies on people such as Mary Jo Chapman and Gary Chapman who have given so much over the years. I respect all who have been involved with the park in the past, especially Don Roe, who has served more than 20 years on the JJPV board. We will miss him greatly. Now, we rely on our two new board members, Trudy LeDoux and Cory Noble, who are already making a difference. Last but not least, Jones Park relies on JJPV volunteers to help with events, historical re-enactments, and preserving the beauty of the park.
I’m always amazed at the opportunities at Jones Park. Our volunteers donate so much time to the park every year and provide so many opportunities for others. I’ve enjoyed watching many volunteers grow into their roles, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. We appreciate all our volunteers. And, in return, the park gives us all the opportunity to enjoy nature and much, much more.
Whether it’s time, donations, knowledge, or skills, Jones Park volunteers give back every day. The park depends on volunteers like you to help with programming, re-enactments, and so much more.
Volunteers work hard to share the beauty of the park with others through their knowledge, experiences, and passion.
F.R.O.G.S. are leaping. In what direction next, who knows? God does, that I know! Amen!